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Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Pelvic Girdle : Program Overview with Dale Boren Jr.

April 14, 2022 • Manual Therapy

Dale Boren Jr. is a Physical Therapist, practicing since 2005. Currently he is a Clinic Director at a private practice in Oklahoma. Dale is a graduate of EIM’s Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Pelvic Girdle and he shared with us his program experience and how it has transformed his knowledge and everyday patient care.

What interested you in pursuing the Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Pelvic Girdle?
What interested me the most was that it was a program focused on the external treatment strategies for managing pelvic region pain and conditions. I have been fortunate to work side by side two female pelvic health physical therapists and what they do has always intrigued me. I live in a conservative region of the country and a rural part of the state of Oklahoma, and despite being told that I should do this and would be great at it, I never really felt that a predominately female patient population would come to see a male pelvic health provider. In having a female pelvic health provider on staff who can and does provide internal interventions, and interestingly gaining more and more referrals for male cases, I felt it was a very good time for me to take advantage of this new opportunity to learn how to care for these individuals in a predominately external manner. I felt that this would allow me to come along side my other pelvic health providers to triage patients, offer more appointment slots, be a male influence, and more optimally manage the evolving needs of our patients in this area. A dynamic duo if you will.

What was your experience in the program? What did you learn?
I think what I learned the most, is that anyone can treat pelvic health cases if they are willing to take on a little extra learning in an area that is not discussed enough or included in traditional physical therapy curricula.

  • I learned at the core of many pelvic health and even musculoskeletal conditions that are common in traditional orthopedic practice, common patterns of pelvic floor issues tend to present themselves which can be recognized by trained providers. From here, an appropriate treatment program can be implemented often without a need for internal treatment.
  • I learned that the basics of posture and breathing can play integral roles in how well a person does function at the pelvic floor level, and simple interventions which can be initiated to begin the process of healing within these case types.
  • I learned much more about the specifics of pelvic anatomy, gender differences/commonalities, and became more confident in at least identifying cases which may have a pelvic floor underlie which may need triaged to my advanced pelvic floor trained provider also on site.
  • I learned so much, mainly gaining confidence within this niche area and basics of how to begin treatment.

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What was your biggest light bulb moment, or what surprised you most about what you learned?
My biggest light bulb moment was in learning how integral the pelvic floor musculature and system are in the most basic of demands ranging from postural control to respiration to continence. I learned that evaluating and discussing these three areas can be integral in beginning to manage common pelvic floor diagnoses.

How have you been able to use what you learned in the program?
I have been able to take on pelvic floor related evaluations, mostly of male cases who have been referred since I have been in the program. I have been able to co-treat and discuss pelvic floor cases with my female advanced pelvic floor provider at my clinic who does internal work, and we have a much easier means to communicate about our patient care, bounce ideas off each other, and overall treat these individuals more successfully. I try to implement the content I have learned within the course on a week-by-week basis to maintain the learning I have gained and to utilize the skills I have learned to date.

How have your patients benefited from your new knowledge/skills?
I do feel that my patients have benefitted from the knowledge and skills I have learned to date in the program. I feel that they have benefitted mainly in terms of me being able to now evaluate cases with knowledge and understanding of appropriate questioning. I feel I have been able to benefit them as well by reducing our wait list now that I can take over some cases which may not require internal work which my other PT can only do, shift them to my schedule, and free her up for others who need her expertise. I can also apply interventions appropriately to cases which I could not do at baseline.

What is next for you in terms of learning?
I am considering taking the advanced pelvic floor lab. This would allow me to do internal interventions, as well as help us better manage our male cases who are being referred, and further split the demand we have across myself and my other PT in the clinic.

 

More on the Learning Experience

Learning Activities:

  • Evidence based weekly readings pertinent to weekly content
  • Frequent powerpoint/lecture based learning which summarized key points of the
  • Weekly readings and brought the content together
  • Weekly written assignments within the modules
  • Frequent video post assignments

How many hours of learning per week?
4-6 hours per week on average going through the readings/content, making personal posts, and replying to others’ posts in the group.

How do faculty and students engage?
Through the weekly assignment posts. Most are written or via video.

 

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